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Supply Chain Manager - Kilkenny Cheese Ltd

Date: 16-Mar-2023

Location: Kilkenny, KK, IE

Company: Glanbia





Kilkenny Cheese Ltd


Supply Chain Manager



This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the start-up of Kilkenny Cheese Limited. Kilkenny Cheese is a joint venture between Tirlán and Dutch family business Royal A-ware, a 130-year-old company with strong positions in EU and global markets. The facility is to be located at a greenfield site adjacent to Tirlán’s specialised nutrition facility at Belview, Co Kilkenny.


About Royal Aware

Royal A-ware is a traditional Dutch family business with a passion for food and with a strong entrepreneurial attitude. Demand-led, we offer our clients tailored products and services. In recent years investments have been made in the development and management of own supply chains resulting in independence, efficiency, and flexibility. We are specialized in producing, ripening, cutting, and packaging cheese, and also produce and package cream and fresh dairy products. Kilkenny Cheese | Homepage


About Tirlán

Tirlán, formerly known as Glanbia Ireland, is a world-class food and nutrition co-operative, with a diverse portfolio of quality ingredients, leading consumer and agri brands. The farmer-owned co-operative has a first-class track record of success in the global market. Rooted in a rich heritage of family farming and embedded in its communities, Tirlán has evolved to bring the passion of its farmers and their high-quality milk and grains to the international marketplace. Using modern-day technology and applying the best processes to its milk pool of three billion litres and its premium grains portfolio, Tirlán now exports to more than 80 countries.  Its award-winning brands are household names in Ireland, and include Ireland’s number one consumer dairy brand, Avonmore.The organisation draws on a wealth of experience to deliver exceptional products and tailored nutritional solutions including Kilmeaden, Wexford, Truly Grass Fed, Solmiko, CheddMax and GAIN. Tirlán has a strong market presence in the UK, France, Germany, UAE, the US, North Africa, Japan and China.

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Role Summary

Based in Belview in South Kilkenny the role reports to the Site Manager and will have four direct reports. The Supply Chain Manager main purpose is to coordinate, organise, and oversee all activities involved in the supply of raw materials production and distribution of the company's goods.



  • Develop and implement efficient  site production schedules in line with customer demand profile and milk supply to the site
  • Manage and delegate work load of three site planning team and one warehouse lead
  • Monitor and manage the schedule of milk and other raw material intake
  • Engage with Operations in the scheduling of production activities and manage local systems for all third party logistics interfaces with the plant
  • Develop and oversee the shipment process to and from KCL including the management of the selected freight forwarder(s) for finished goods
  • Incorporate maintenance and repair plans into the overall production plan
  • Manage the local administration process for all for all plant materials and stock requirements
  • Optimise Plant Quality targets by minimising the over and under supply of raw materials
  • Analyse data and trends to maximise forecasting accuracy, identify and drive improvements in the plan and the planning process
  • Assess effectiveness of plan and make recommendations for corrective action and implement through the production plan and process
  • Manage the plants relationship with all of the central functions such as Supply Chain, Milk Planning and Transport
  • Ensure accurate and timely recording of all data in ERP system relevant to internal production and external supply chains
  • Be the Subject Matter Expert for the Planning department in ERP activity
  • Tracking of Make vs Forecasts, ensuring most up to date information available to both internal and external stakeholders at all times
  • Take overall management responsibility for intake and despatch areas from a GMP, health and safety and throughput perspective.
  • Execute and develop Risk Management policies and procedures working closely with internal and external stakeholders to minimise risk across all stakeholders



  • 3 + years in a production environment preferably in the Dairy, Food & Beverage or Pharma sector in a GMP context
  • Will possess production planning experience
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to analyse data, identify trends and make recommendations


Person Profile


  • Knowledge of Dairy or similar food processing industry
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills


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Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
Tirlán embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams where different perspectives drive innovation and growth. We strive to create an inclusive workplace where people can bring their true self to work and achieve their full potential.

At Tirlán, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 

At Tirlán our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Tirlán owns leading consumer and agri brands such as Avonmore, Kilmeaden Cheese, Millac, Solmiko, Truly Grass Fed, Premier Milk, Wexford, and GAIN Animal Nutrition. 



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